Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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It isn't a "new study", as one of the back blurbs describes it - not in the sense of a scientific study. I know that most of my audience isn't as passionate about psychology as I am so I understand if you don't understand why I love this book which is totally fair. I think this would be useful for someone who is completely new to any of the forms of neurodivergence contained within the book, but otherwise this isn’t that great. I was very much looking forward to reading this, as the premise is laudable/something I am selfishly interested in, and I was extremely disappointed afterward.

As other reviewers have complained, the author is way too generous with generalizations and focuses on highly successful women who are diagnosed later in life. I feel that the author collected a lot of stories from women that were closer to her economic social circles, which is fine, but I’m very much a working class woman who was looking for more help navigating the struggles I have within my social class, which I didn’t find in this book. This was a quick read and I’m glad to have come across it because it has opened my mind to more awareness and really gave me quite a few personal “ah ha!

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This book was a great first step into understanding women who are neurodivergent and how certain women have adapted and struggled because of their “differences”. I'll start with the actual writing itself: definitely needed more editing, topics do not flow well into one another, and the surface level coverage of too many topics ends up feeling disorganized altogether. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). American psychiatry has increasingly taught our society to think that people can be divided into two categories: those who are 'normal' and those who are 'not normal. Since the book is about Gender and neurodivergence, I don't expect a deep dive on Race and ADHD/Autism however given how recently this work was published I find the sparse mentioning of race to be inadequate.

The book de-pathologizes those of us who most profoundly and intensely think and feel the world around us.

It felt like everyone interviewed was a professionally successful woman, there is no mention of blue collar work and nothing on the massive racial disparities that currently exist.This book is geared towards late-diagnosed autistic women who are able to have a "normal" job, given sufficient sensory and social accommodations. The framing of most neurodivergent traits as positive differences is nice, but glosses over the struggles of people who have higher support needs. She even mentions the show Atypical at one point (a show that has been criticized for the way it presents autism) to make a point when she could have easily found real-world stories that highlight the danger autistic people face when encountering the police. I really found this enlightening; this is, in some ways, the successor to Susan Cain's "Quiet", the book about introversion. Joel Salinas of Harvard Neurology, author Maya Dusenbery, Angel Kyodo Williams, Lissa Rankin, NYTimes bestselling author Bill Hayes, designer Scott Belsky of 99U and numerous others.

Overall, as an autistic person, I would not want someone I know to read this book and think that this is representative of my experience. The author names problems, and gives systemic solutions, but no practical advice for the individual on the small scale. It was comforting to read about others that cope with similar experiences on a daily basis however I really would like more advice on how to actually deal with it. I was also extremely confused about the focus on 'sensitivity' as if that was the only qualifier for being neurodivergent.It ends up feeling really "White Feminist" to spend so much time speaking about gender and gender alone.

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